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Jolly Holiday Lights Goes Green With Wind Energy

DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 7, 2015) – Jolly Holiday Lights in Des Moines’ Water Works Park is going green for the fourth consecutive year. MidAmerican Energy Company is offsetting 100 percent of the light show’s electricity usage with wind energy.

The company is donating renewable energy certificates to Make-A-Wish Iowa, organizer of Jolly Holiday Lights, to offset the electricity used by nearly 100 light displays nightly through Jan. 1.

The renewable energy certificates will come from MidAmerican Energy’s Pomeroy wind farm, located in Pocahontas County, Iowa. This use of green energy represents a reduction of approximately 90 tons of carbon dioxide emissions – roughly equivalent to the emissions produced from 9,107 gallons of gasoline.

“We’re proud to support a holiday tradition that benefits Iowa kids,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president, renewable energy for MidAmerican Energy. “By using renewable energy certificates for Jolly Holiday Lights, we’re able to support a great cause and contribute to a cleaner environment.”

MidAmerican Energy is No. 1 in the U.S. among rate-regulated utilities in terms of wind generation ownership. New to the company this year are major wind development projects in O’Brien and Adams counties in Iowa. By the end of 2015, approximately 42 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s generation capacity will come from wind.

All proceeds from Jolly Holiday Lights benefit Make-A-Wish Iowa. Since its start in 1995, the fundraiser has raised enough money to grant approximately 638 wishes to children in Iowa with life-threatening medical conditions. The 3.5 mile holiday lights driving tour is open 5:30 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1. Cost is $10 per car, $20 for a limo and $45 for a bus. Tickets can be purchased online, at a Des Moines area Hy-Vee or Casey's, or at the gate.

About MidAmerican Energy Company
MidAmerican Energy Company provides electric service to 746,000 customers and natural gas service to 726,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via MidAmerican Energy Company's website.